Thanks to the strong performance of the bowlers after the century of Opener Jonny Bairstow (106), hosts England defeated New Zealand by 119 runs on Wednesday in the world Cup match. With this victory, the England team also qualify for the semi-finals. England won the toss and batted first, scoring 305 runs for 8 wickets. After that, New Zealand’s team was all out for 186 runs in 45 overs. Man of the match, England’s Bairstow scored 106 runs in the match while paceman Mark Wood smashed 3 wickets in 34.2 overs in 9 overs.
This victory for England was also very special because it made the semifinals for the first time since 1992. Not only that, after 1983, he defeated New Zealand in a World Cup match. England won this series by 12 points and qualified for the third position in the points table.
New Zealand is at number four with 11 points, while Pakistan has 9 points. If Pakistan beat the Bangladeshi team on Friday, then they will also equal to the Kiwi team with 11 points, in which case the net run rate will be counted and The fourth team to reach the semi-finals will be revealed at the run rate.
Chasing a target of 306 runs, Latham hit a half-century, contributed 57 runs for the New Zealand team. He hit 5 fours in his 65-ball knock. He also made a half-century partnership of 54 runs with James Neesham (19) for the fifth wicket. He was out by Liam Plunkett as the team’s 7th wicket. Besides them, Taylor scored 28 and captain Ken Williamson contributed 27 runs. Mark Wood took 3 wickets for England. Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, and Ben Stokes got 1-1 wickets.
Bad Start Of New Zealand
The start of the New Zealand team was very bad and its 4 wickets fell to 69 runs. Henry Nicholls (0) became the victim of Chris Woakes on the 5th ball of the first over. Martin Guptill (8) caught out by Jofra Archer at the hands of Jos Buttler
Half Of The Team Returned To The Pavilion At 123
Captain Ken Williamson (27) was unfortunately returned pavilion. Williamson hit three fours in 40 balls. Ross Taylor (28) was also run out. James Neesham (19) was bowled by Mark Wood and Half of the team returned to the pavilion At 123.
England’s 300 Plus Score
Earlier, England scored 305 runs for 8 wickets, thanks to a century by Jonny Bairstow (106). He shared share 123 runs partnership with Opener Jason Roy (60). Captain Eoin Morgan contributed 42 runs. For New Zealand, Trent Bolt, Matt Henry, and James Neesham took 2-2 wickets. Mitchell Satmar and Tim Southee got 1-1 wickets.